I started my career as a public school teacher. I love kids and teaching, but I couldn't work in the system anymore. I had two sons with autism, and the system let me down again - big time. I've also discovered around age 50 that I'm autistic as well, although I'm hesitant to try "proving" that to a doctor.
I don't believe in what the school system calls "reform," which now includes fewer humans and more computers. My idea of reform is starting all over again with something radically different that looks a lot more like homeschooling, unschooling, nature schools, and microschools. I attended a very small progressive school in my high school years where students made many choices about their own learning. It was incredible for me, and I think it's the best way to learn, and the only way to stop the wave of discontent that is building to a tsunami in our culture. cu
Currently, I tutor homeschooled students, and there is such an enormous difference between these children and a typical public school child. They are calm, friendly, and enjoy learning. We would be seeing this in our schools if we were doing it right!
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